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days a year. >>> good evening. there are millions of people in israel and the gaza strip who are spending this night living in fear of rockets and missiles raining down on their homes and neighborhoods as outside parties hurriedly work behind the scenes to stop the exchange fire. huge explosions rocked gaza with one strike killing at least 11 people. israel says the targets were palestinian militants, but several of the dead included women and children. but with palestinians continuing to fire rockets into israel and tel aviv in their crosshairs, israel says it is preparing to expand its attacks. we're on the ground on both sides of this conflict starting with richard engel in gaza. >> reporter: good evening, lester, israel appears to have exceptionally good intelligence about hamas and today was able to target individual militants in their homes, but they're also killing anyone who happens to be around them. this was a three-story house of hamas militants. israel says it's using precision strikes against gaza. >> there were eight people in this house when they were attacked
or israel has that. the decision to send secretary clinton, i'm told by white house aide, is neither an acknowledgment that things are close, nor do they feel as if things are stuck. they're hoping her presence, first in israel and then in the west bank meeting with the palestinian authority, then in cairo could nudge along the process to see if they could get to a point of some sort of negotiated ceasefire. as far as the united states is concerned, the spokesperson says what that begins with is hamas stopping the rocket fire into israel and a longer negotiated settlement they hope can be agreed upon. >> chuck todd in cambodia. thank you. as he just mentioned, secretary of state hillary clinton is heading directly from cambodia to israel to try to work out that diplomatic situation to the violent escalations of tensions in gaza. nbc's martin fletcher is live in tel aviv for the latest situation there. good morning to you, martin. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the leaders here, israeli and palestinian certainly need all the help they can get to come down from the high trees in whic
begins now. >>> good evening, the last time missiles landed anywhere near tel aviv in israel, they were fired by saddam in iraq. tonight it has happened again, the israeli prime minister was taken into a bomb shelter and that is how real this conflict has become between the palestinians and gaza. this could turn into a full ground war very quickly. rocket fire from gaza is being answered with air strikes from israel, israel saying they're ready, at least, to launch a ground invasion as a next step. and for the rest of the world in plain english, here we go again. the generations-old conflict is escalating quickly we have it covered in israel and gaza, beginning with nbc's martin fletcher in tel aviv >> reporter: good evening, it does look like israel and hamas are edging closer to war in gaza, a war that neither side wants, but it does appear closer with every hour that passes. terror in israel. there is another one, a soldier screams. more than 200 missiles fired at israel today. and in gaza, despair. burying a child killed in an israeli attack. israel today launched at least 200 attac
but the back and forth explosions on either side of the border between israel and gaza. it is a lop-sided fight right now, the death toll more than a 100 in gaza. with three israelis reported dead. it is being answered by air strikes, many from drones, many aimed inside buildings, inside densely packed neighborhoods. this conflict continues to escalate and could still go either way. fu tonight, with our team on the ground covering the story we begin with our chief foreign correspondent richard engel, good evening, richard. >> reporter: good evening, brian, israel is continuing its air strikes in gaza. in fact, it still smells of smoke here from one not far away a short time ago. a truce could be coming but it seems that the two sides will fight right up until the moment it is signed. one of gaza's tallest buildings on fire. witnesses say it was just attacked by an israeli drone. inside this building are the offices of hamas's television station, the second time in two days it has been targeted by israel, and this time there are casualties. as fire trucks put out the flames, word came from a mil
tonight we're on the ground in israel and gaza >>> on the hill, david petraeus under heavy cover tells congress about the attack in benghazi, what he knew, when he knew it and why the u.s. first told the world what it did. >>> and 18 days since the devastation on the east coast. scenes of utter devastation we have not seen until now. >>> and it is the end of the line for a guilty pleasure in america. but how did it come to this? nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, it worries them enough that israel's tanks appear ready to roll into gaza, and the skies have been raining rockets there for several days. perhaps the larger worry, both sides in this escalating fight have powerful friends that are getting involved and taking sides, like egypt, friend of hamas, and the united states, which tonight is sending naval vessels offshore in case americans need to get out of there. it has been another day of explosions and air raid sirens. it remains a situation on the edge. we have two reports tonight. our richard engel is in gaza, we want to begin, though, with martin fletcher in tel a
for israel to stop air strikes and hamas to stop rocket attacks. if that holds for 24 hours, they will talk about border contrs on gaza, and promise no more targeting of hamas leaders. israeli ground troops are mobilized, if there are attacks >> now, i realize that there are citizens who expect a harder military action, and we may very well need to do that. but at the present, the right thing for the state of israel is to exhaust this possibility of reaching a long-term cease-fire. >> reporter: aides say president obama left a summit monday night to call on egypt's president morsi. he then took a call from morsi at 2:30 in the morning, calling again while flying home from cambodia monday night. and in separate calls to netanyahu, mr. obama pressured each to accept, while promising more money for iron dome and other missile defense programs clinton sealed the deal, next went to jerusalem and finally cairo. for final talks with egypt's leaders. nbc's jim maceda has more. >> reporter: morsi, the former muslim brotherhood leader has boosted his credibility with u.s. and israel, and has become a
a short time ago a bomb exploded aboard a bus in tel aviv across the street from israel's military headquarters. 16 people were injured. police say this was not a suicide attack. secretary of state hillary clinton is negotiating right this moment in an attempt to work out a truce to stop the violence in israel and gaza. nbc's chapman bell joins us on the phone now from tel aviv. chapman, good morning. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, lynn. at this point this bus attack is being described as a terrorist attack. it says it has all the hallmarks of a terrorist attack, but it is not a suicide bomber that police officials can confirm. it seems explosives were placed on a bus in tel aviv. this is the first bus blast in israel since 2004, the last one being on a bus in the southern israeli city of bare shea but near gaza. if this is connected to the current conflicted, there's no confirmation at this point that it is, but this would show a change in tactics from the current tactics being used which is rocket launches from gaza into israel. this comes as secretary of state
are continuing tod today. they also are continue to attack rocket stockpiles from gaza. israel's goal, of course, is to stop, to prevent hamas from attacking israeli citizens with its rockets. there have been about 850 attacks this year, 100 in the last week alone, so that's what israel wants stop. at the same time, hamas has been retaliating today. at least 130 rockets fired from gaza into israeli cities. about 50 of those rockets were intercepted by israel's homemade antimissile defense system, the iron dome, but one did get through. it hit the israeli town and killed three israeli citizens, and now israel is using that, of course, to threaten more attacks. the southern commander of the israeli army said that the assassination yesterday of ahmed jabbaarie, which kicked all this off, the militant leader, he says is just the beginning. meanwhile, israeli troops are gathering on the edge of gaza. tanks have been reported moving south. a ground invasion is possible. it's definitely not what israel wants, but israel's defense minister ehud barak said this morning that israel would do anything, and
of state clinton cut her trip to asia short, diverting to israel to personally help shepherd a possible cease-fire. >> the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of israelis and palestinians alike. >> reporter: making her task more difficult, the u.s. has no diplomatic relationship with hamas. a group it labels a terrorist organization. so egyptian president mohammed morsi is playing a key role as intermediary. >> the critical challenge is going to be to make sure that everybody understands the commitments that have been made, the same way, so there's no misunderstandings. >> reporter: even with diplomacy in high gear, today was one of the st violence days yet. an israeli soldier was killed. the first since the conflict began. 150 incoming rockets, 30 alone aimed at a southern town. did you run down the stairs? >> yes. >> reporter: this family narrowly escaped a direct hit on their house. how many people were in the house at the time? >> six people. >> reporter: six people? >> i, my wife and four children. >>
-fire in israel and hamas. some saw and some still see a way to leverage morsi's influence with hamas into jump-starting a middle east peace process that was all but dead. morsi's move to extend authoritarian rule by undercutting the courts complicated matters for the u.s. which still sends roughly $1 billion in aid each year to egypt. in the wake of the power grab u.s. officials issued a cautious statement of concern and a call for calm and there is a lot at stake for morsi and his muslim brotherhood as well, there's billions of dollars in imf funds, most important to the u.s. is continued stability in egypt, that peace treaty some three decades old between israel and egypt, absolutely vital for u.s. and western interests. kate? >> mike viqueira at the white house tonight, thank you. >>> another hot spot the white house is keeping an eye on, the situation in israel and gaza, where a three-day-old cease-fire is still holding tonight. amid the rubble, there are signs life is starting to get back to normal, though there are also lingering worries about how long it will last. we get our report ton
here at the u.n., it is the u.s. and israel leading against the rest of the world. a u.n. vote on the official membership of palestinians, the vote that the u.s. and israel have been spending a long time trying to stop. the question is, what effect will this have on anything approaching peace in that region? our chief correspondent affairs, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: good evening, on the 65th anniversary of the u.n. giving israel the land to become a state, they voted overwhelmingly to recognize the palestinians, but only as an observer state. and a non-voting official state it is a step for nationhood, and a potential flash place for the middle east. hours earlier, they were already celebrating across the west bank. in ramallah, he made a pizza with tomatoes, olives, and spinach, representing the palestinian flag >> this is what we longed for over 60 years, it is about time a flag that today's u.n. actions will still not make palestine a nation. >> the united nations general assembly is here to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the state of palestine. >> reporter:
just get closer to war in the middle east? israel kills a major figure in the sky. both sides are ready for retaliation. >>> and making a difference for those who lost so much, including their classrooms. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, the woman who started it all, the investigation into a chain of e-mails that led to the resignation of the cia director, former four-star general, david petraeus, is tonight telling more of her side of the story through a surrogate. for the first time we're learning why she says she felt the need to approach the fbi and ask them to investigate the communications she was receiving. jill kelley of tampa, florida, is now a big part of the story involving several big names. tonight, she is clearly attempting to clear her own. we begin here tonight in the studio with nbc's andrea mitchell, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, tonight, new details emerged on how the anonymous e-mails that paula broadwell sent to a tampa woman, who knew the two generals, david petraeus and john allen even as the president for the first time today spoke abo
are clear this morning after a cease-fire between israel and hamas went into effect just hours ago. thousands of people in gaza poured into the streets to celebrate the cease-fire. nbc's martin fletcher joins us live from tel aviv, israel, with those details. martin, good morning. >> reporter: hi, veronica, good morning. the cease-fire went into effect 9:00 in the evening last night. that's 17 hours ago. and so far, so good. there were two early this morning sirens in the south of israel, warning sirens of rockets. turned out, they were just false alarms, though, so it is holding for the time being. and also, the israeli army has just given orders about an hour or two ago for the first of the army reserve soldiers that it called up for a possible ground invasion of gaza. 30,000 reserve soldiers were called up. the first of those have been given orders now that they can return to their homes and to their jobs, and at the same time, they're keeping others on duty because there's still a great amount of skepticism about whether the cease-fire will hold. they hope that it will, of cour
: good morning, lynn. it's a bit of a loss for the u.s. and israel. the peer is that yesterday's vote will make palestine less likely to negotiate a peace agreement with israel moving forward. yesterday the united nations overwhelmingly voted to upgrade palestine's status to a non-member state and that could allow them to go after israel in criminal court which could delay or complicate peace talks in an effort towards forming two independent states of palestine and israel moving forward. u.n. ambassador susan rice called the vote a setback. the u.s. had threatened funding in the west bank in the hopes of preventing it. now rice says that the only way to truly form an independent palestinian state is through direct negotiations with israel. she says that is something the u.s. is committed to making happen. despite those comments, palestinians took to the streets yesterday in a step towards independence. now do both sides come to the table and start talking about peace. both israel and palestine has said that is something they want. reporting live in washington, back to you. >> all rig
with a palestinian civilian death toll rising as israel seeks to wipe out militants. >>> paula broadwell finally returns home as congress digs deeper into david petraeus's testimony. >> this is "early today" for monday, november 19th, 2012. >>> a very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. it is a historic day for president obama and for the people of myanmar, as it transitions towards democracy. during the first visit by a sitting u.s. president, mr. obama pledged that the u.s. will be friends with any nation that respects its people's rights and international law. nbc political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, veronica. the president was only here on the ground for 12 hours, the first american president to visit myanmar, the country formerly known as burma. he was greeted by a sea of locals. some of it was spontaneous, some very organized. school-aged children in school uniforms waved the american flag and the myanmar flag. the president met with the official
, shootings along the israel/gaza border tested the cease-fire. the truce appears to be holding an eight-day offensive on the gaza strip. we have more from ahma ahmad mohedian. >> reporter: within a day after going into effect, the fragile cease-fire has been violated. a soldier killed a palestinian man and injured others. it is not clear why they shot on the men on the palestinian side of the fence, but israel had a no-go place along the border. it is a much-needed rainfall that is falling for the farmers here. acre after acre of fresh strawberries grown for european markets. this is peak export season. the only problem with the israeli war, gaza's borders have been sealed off banning all exports and depriving farmers of a key time. lifting the siege and along for the free movement of goods and people was one demand to stop rocket attacks. on thursday, the military wing celebrated the cease-fire declaring it a victory. the popularity has skyrocketed in recent days. the farmers need immediate help. especially now that the tunnels used to smuggle farming supplies and weapons, according to
at least one hamas rocket shot down overnight by israel's anti-missiles system protecting tel aviv as israel launch aes series of strikes in gaza. >>> courageous choice, a miss america contestant makes a bold choice about her health to avoid the breast cancer that took her mother's life. >>> and one-two punch. in a night of upsets, the top two teams in college football both lose, turning the national championship picture on its head and leaving notre dame fighting irish fans with big smiles on their faces today, sunday, november 18th within 2012. ouncer: from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >>> and i'm lester holt. a lot of talk of ceasefire between israel and hamas, but certainly not happening. the two sides going in opposite directions launching a series of strikes at each other. we'll get a live update from gaza in just a moment. >>> and then the question so many have been asking in the wake of this sex scandal involving david petraeus, what abo
and israel launched some of the most aggressive assaults yet. the latest develops and how the bay area is reacting next in "world tonight." >>> there's talk of a possible trurks but right now more violence in the middle east. >> we have team coverage this evening. we have local reaction to the crisis in the middle east. we begin with janelle with the latest developments in our "world tonight." >> there was lots of hope today in the middle east as reports of a truce between israel and hamas, the militant organization that rules the gaza strip. but that hope quickly faded as the region saw some of the heaviest shelling yet. just in the past few hours israel launched an aggressive missile assault on gaza city. they say it's in response to the rocket attacks by hamas. secretary of state hillary clinton cut her asia trip with president obama short to fly to the middle east to help broker a truce. she just wrapped up a meeting with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu in jerusalem. later today she'll meet with the palestinian president and then fly to egypt to meet with mohammed morsi.
. >> it never is. all right. she has the storm tracker all warmed up. >>> israel's air offensive over the georgaza strip and 95 peopl have been killed. israel says it does not target civilians and blames hamas for using human shields. richard engel reports. >> reporter: hamas is still firing rockets. about 40 today launched from this area in gaza and into israel. the military has the upper hand. israeli drones and ships have been targeting hamas military leaders killing them in their houses and on motorcycles and in their cars. there are civilian casualties. we went to a funeral for 11 people who were killed inside a home when israel targeted the home of the hamas military leader. he was killed in the home. some were many members of his family. there seem to be efforts to achieve a serious cease-fire. >> i hope over the coming days we can achieve cessation on a bases that is sustainable. >> reporter: the egyptian foreign minister is expected to visit gaza tomorrow. a source close to the israeli prime minister he would prefer a diplomatic invasion. here in gaza, people don't know which
and israel. we can tell you a major development may take place before she gets there. >>> and the actor who plays "sesame street's" elmo is leaving the show after a second round of allegations. we will tell you about the latest accusation. >>> new this morning, a cease-fire announcement between israel and hamas expected at any moment right now. late this morning, hamas officials announcing they reached a truce agreement. nbc's marin martin fletcher has more. >> reporter: with the countdown on the way, the question is what would count first? a ground invasion or a truce? it appears if peace won out for the time being. all indications are it will be within a few hours. the announcement of a truce and end of fighting with israel and hamas and gaza. it could be announced in jerusalem and gaza. there is a slew of arab leaders that will be at the announcement when it takes place. at the same time, u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is going to be there. benjamin netanyahu will be there for the announcement. israel will stop rocketing on gaza. the details of the agreement are yet to be negoti
in gaza. 200 rockets were fired into israel. it is wednesday morning in gaza and tel aviv. secretary of state hillary clinton is in the war zone trying to broker a peace deal. in the bay area tonight, hundreds of israeli supporters gathered to pray for peace. the council general to israel was in attendance. >> we give so much support and our resilience is because of what we see here today and throughout those days. >> reporter: they set up a broadcast which showed a live feed from the shelters in israel. >>> here's a story that is drawing snickers across the country. no more private parts in public. san francisco supervisors had a tough time but they barely passed a nudity ban. but tonight it is not quite time to cover up for nudists. not yet. we get a sneak peek in the story that is new at 11:00. >> reporter: disappointed nudists react to the san francisco board of supervisors passing a public nudity ban immediately stripping down in the board chambers in city hall. the sheriffs escorted them out. >> nudity is a beautiful thing. the bodies we are born in that we live in and die in a
of the show the peace agreement in the middle east, but it does not come before israel is hit with a bust explosion overnight. >>> and how one city is trying to help its homeless. >>> reports the fbi is now involved in the hp debacle. we will take a look coming up in business news. [ female announcer ] this is a special message from at&t. [ male announcer ] it's no secret that the price of things just keeps going up. [ female announcer ] but we have some good news. it's our bundle price promise. [ male announcer ] a price you can definitely count on, for two whole years. from at&t. [ female announcer ] a great price for a great triple-play bundle. [ male announcer ] call now. bundles with u-verse tv, internet and home phone start at $89 a month. now get the same great price for two years. [ female announcer ] switch today and get a total home dvr included, free for life. [ male announcer ] you get reliable, high speed internet on our advanced digital network. choose from speeds up to 24 megs. [ female announcer ] and with u-verse tv you can record four shows at once on your total home dvr
as israel and palestinian militants get closer to the brink this weekend. israel expanding its air assault against hamas and palestinian militants continuing to fire rockets into civilian areas of southern israel. that's where i want to begin this morning. i've got nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell and "new york times" columnist tom friedman. who better to have to discuss this. tom, as the two sides get closer to the brink, based on your experience and reporting, where is this going? >> let's just go around the horn, david, quickly. i think hamas is trying to use this moment to both break out of the blockade and try to end targeted killing of its leaders from israel, and trying to take advantage of the new arab spring balance of power, the muslim brotherhood in egypt, to leverage that possibility. israel. israel has been watching for the last six to nine months hamas bringing in longer and longer range missiles from iran. i think they saw this as an opportunity of necessity to take those out, missiles that can now hit tel aviv and jerusalem. egypt. this is a real pr
this deal happen and what israel and hamas promised to do. >>> there is peace in the middle east for now. israel and hamas have agreed to a ceasefire. >> janelle wang has the latest developments. she joins us with more from our world tonight. >> reporter: the ceasefire took effect at 11:00 a.m. our time. after seven hours it appears both sides are abiding by the truce. celebrations filled the streets of gaza. no need to hide or run for cover. a truce between hamas and israel to stop fighting. >> the people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence, and today's agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton announced the deal today with egypt's foreign minister. she flew to the region yesterday to help egypt who served as the mediator to broker the truce. israel agreed to stop air strikes against hamas. the palestinian militant group which ruled the gaza strip. israel says it will ease restrictions at the border to allow palestinians and goods to move more freely. in return, hamas will stop la
the whole story. >> israel launches a military offensive against hamas and then they start tweeting about it. protests spark right here in the bay area. that's next. >>> developing news in the middle east where it's friday morning. that's the gazza strip. israel says it was cease-fire on gazza by a visit to egypt's prime minister to the region on the condition that militants do the same. israel has been moving closer towards a ground i evaluation towards the hamas-controlled gazza trip. they have mobilized tens of thousands of troops while it continued aerial attacks and for the first time palestinian militants ladies and gentlemen rockets in tel aviv. one hitting the city and the other hitting the outskirts. it has killed 19 palestinians and three israelis. but millions are watching the battleground online. both sides using the internet to fight a separate war aimed at public influence. for the latest, gene has more on the social media warfare, jeanne? >> jessica, we're seeing a lot of anger here in san francisco on the street and anger online as israel and hamas launch a war of words. an e
israel and palestinian militants in gaza. just hours after a bomb exploded on an israeli bus in tel aviv, injuring dozens of people, secretary of state hillary clinton announced a ceasefire agreement between the palestinian militant group hamas and israel. israel will also consider easing border movement for palestinians. experts point out this is a ceasefire, not a peace deal. >> it is a creative way to at least stop the firing, but it doesn't necessarily solve the larger issue. >> people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence. and today's agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu says if the truce does not hold, israel would consider more severe military action against the palestinian territory. >>> still to come at 5:00, he says he did it, but that's not all. the man accused of breaking into steve jobs' home has a message for his widow. >>> and it's not a prank. turkeys are on the loose in the south bay. we'll show you the effort to get them under control. >>> also -- >> preparations are unde
fighting between israel and gaza militants. an attempt at a brief cease fire was unsuccessful this morning and air raid sirens have gone off. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is not backing down. >> in the past 24 hours, israel has made it clear that it will not tolerate rocket and missile attacks on civilians. nbc's martin fletcher is in tel aviv where air raid sirens were heard this morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. following up on netanyahu's threat. overnight 30,000 reserves were given potential order to report for duty overnight 16,000 soldiers were told, reserve soldiers, were told to report to their units. they will be joining army units that massed on the border of gaza. armored personnel carriers, hundreds of thousands of troops ready for ground invasion. as you suggested in introduction, a show of force or the real thing? it's partly a show of force but could end in a ground invasion because israelis keep insisting whatever it takes they'll stop the rockets from being fired into gaza. while the egyptian president was visiting, they would hold their fire. the pale
a possible ground invasion. what that means. israel has amassed thousands of soldiers on the border. palestinians are nervous. and an ominous sign that a ground invasion is imminent. officials are meeting with the head of palestinian factions in cairo. trying to secure a commitment from these factions to cease all hostilities and rocket fire into israel. from an israeli perspective. that is a game changer. it potentially means two of israel's largest population centers are now within reach of palestinian rockets. >> we have more than 4 million people. we have to protect. and again, again. you see. let's go. let's go. >> the fear is, if these talks in cairo fail, and they are unable to get a cessation of hostilities, a ground invasion could be imminent. from everyone we have been speaking to in gaza in terms of officials and palestinians, politicians and others, the people of gaza would suffer the most. that would be a disastrous consequence for inhabitants. >>> coming up next, president obama is headed overseas. we'll have a preview of his trip and update on the so-called fiscal cli
the >>> explosions in gaza city tonight as the air assaults continue between israel and palestinian militants in gaza. and here is a live look at gaza city at this hour. the assaults have been pretty consistent since wednesday, it is 9:00 in the morning there. militants launched the rockets into israel saturday. two aimed at tel aviv. in return, israel carried out about 300 air strikes in the gaza strip. one hit the prime minister's headquarters, while another hit a police compound. officials say 43 palestinians and 3 israelis have been killed this week. >>> and the fiscal cliff could raise taxes on the majority of americans and cut spending on january one. president obama and leaders met today to come up with a solution. both sides say they're willing to compromise at this point. they plan to meet again after thanksgiving. >>> and olympic athletes from northern california were honored tonight in santa clara. they were the guest of honor at a congressional reception for northern california olympic athletes, among those being honored, marty malloy, who won a bronze medal. >> everyone is there cheering
your patience, if you're heading out on the roadways. >>> the cease-fire between israel and hamas is holding. the wing of hamas is declaring it a victory over israel. the eight-day war was the worst cross-border fighting in eight years. they inflicted heavy damage on the militants. but hamas leaders say, israel's decision not to send in ground troops, is a testament to hamas' power. >>> many israelis living near the gaza border does not expect the cease-fire to last. one smashed through the roof of a high school. a teacher returned to the school today to get ready for her students' return. >> to do the right thing in the last 24 hours. you know, you don't think so? >> no. it stays quiet for a few days. and then it will start all over again. >> closest to the border, military units were packing up to leave. there's a lot of people in this region who don't think it will be long before they're back at the boarders. >>> here in the bay area, part of san francisco's beach are closed because of a sewer leak. it began when water was leaking from a manhole on to the beach. the public util
in a bitter custody battle over 4-year-old nahla. >>> the ceasefire between israel and hamas appears to be holding with both sides declaring victory though tensions remain high in the region as does the level of rhetoric is coming from both sides of the border. nbc's stephanie gosk joins us now live from tel aviv. stephanie, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, veronica. well, our team on the ground in gaza tells us that there was some violence this morning. a 20-year-old was shot and killed by israeli forces on the gaza side of the border. there were ten other teenagers with him who were injured. the israeli defense forces tell us that 300 palestinians sort of tested what they call the buffer zone today at the border between gaza and israel. this is a hundred-foot no-go zone that the idf has been enforcing. they did not, however, say they knew of any deaths. they said their forces shot in the air and when the palestinians did not move back, they then shot at their feet to get them to move back. it threatens this arguably fragile ceasefire that's been in place now for a li
for the most part to be holding in israel and gaza. and suddenly we're watching something else. the streets have filled up across cairo and egypt, as the new president once hailed as a hero just made a huge power grab that some say looks like the beginning of a new type of dictatorship there. nbc's jim maceda is high above tahrir square in cairo this evening. good evening >> reporter: hi, brian, well just as the world thought that egypt was coming out of the revolutionary pain, the demonstrators are out there digging in. once again, the square filled with protesters, tear gas and casualties. their target? a dictator. but this happened today. and they were not talking of hosni mubarak, but morsy, fresh from brokering a cease-fire in gaza. and winning world praise he set a precedent by granting himself new power, firing one man in the regime, and giving islamists free reign to write the constitution the opposition leaders took to the street, saying that he had appointed himself the new leader. the clashes spread across the country, injuring more than a 100. in alexandria, the muslim brotherho
and israel, with israel expa expanding its air assaults targeting gaza's infrastructure. hamas is firing back with new longer range weapons, reaching jerusalem for the first time. we've got reporters standing by live in tel aviv and gaza. >>> then we'll introduce you to a pretty incredible 9-year-old girl that was left paralyzed by a car accident caused by a drunk driver. she wanted him to understand just how his actions impacted her life. she wrote a very emotional letter that was read at his sentencing. >>> and it's been a year since michelle parker was last seen. she disappeared the same day she appeared on an episode of "the people's court." we'll get an update on where that investigation stands. >>> cheer leading a fun part of many sports in high school, college and pros, but it can be incredibly dangerous as well and that has a lot of parents worried. coming up, the consequences when things go wrong. >>> a bit later, lauren scruggs is going to stop by. it's been nearly a year since she was injured by a spinning propeller. she's doing amazingly well, but it's been a tough road. she'll jo
from earlier today when we heard a deal was made between israel and hamas, the militant group that rules the gaza strip. but that deal is still being negotiated. secretary of state hillary clinton flew to jerusalem today to help broke they're truce. she met with benjamin netanyahu and also also meet with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. this situation is being watched closely by a lot of people here in the bay area. for more on that, let's bring in nbc bay area's jodi hernandez who joins us from emeryville. jodi? >> reporter: raj, there are a lot of folks here in the bay area who have friends and family members either in israel or in the gaza strip. they are very worried by what is happening there. now, we got a taste today of what folks in that area are going through. as you mentioned, it is a region that is still very much under fire tonight. we caught up with the residents of gaza via skype this afternoon. a woman who has been praying for a ceasefire. but judging by the shelling outside her house, it hadn't taken hold yet. >> i was feeling relief when i hear about the c
and casualties. >>> now to israel and gaza where the fragile peace is holding tonight though signs of mistrust we are clear today as israel displayed a new show of force. martin fletcher has our report from tel aviv. >> reporter: this was the new reality this weekend. israeli soldiers on one side of the gaza fence, palestinian police yards away on the other sharing the same goal to protect the cease-fire. islamic cleric in gaza went a step further declaring it a sin to violate the truce. israeli school kids in the south went back to school today, some damaged by palestinian rockets. their parents hoping the calm means no more war. >> i told my daughter this was the last time and the calm will remain for years. i sure hope so. >> reporter: london sunday times reported today that israelis spotted an iranian cargo ship loading long range rockets for islamic militant groups in gaza. it quoted a source saying if the ship is headed for gaza regardless of the cease-fire israel will destroy the arms. despite its promise to observe the cease-fire hamas is defiant. >> they won the war. >> reporter: what ab
in the middle east as both israel and hamas launch more aggressive attacks. pal sinnian militants fired off a series of rockets from gaza avenging the death of a top military commander yesterday. the israeli military intercepted many but one reportedly hit an apartment building. another rocket reached just outside of tel aviv causing resident to run for cover. today, israel launched more pinpoint air strikes targeting military installations in gaza. over a dozen palestinians killed in recent days. israel is moving in ground troops. >> no government would tolerate a situation where it nearly a fifth of its people live o under a constant barrage of rocket fire. israel will not tolerate this situation. >> tomorrow egypt's prime minister expected to make an unprecedented visit to gaza to try and bring calm. china, france, russia and australia all spoke out today urging both sides to show restraint. >>> a congressional hearing on the deadly terrorist attack in benghazi began today. republicans fired up over how the obama administration handled the tragedy by first reporting it was sparked by ant
-fire between israel and hamas, he is now consolidating power. how worry side the administration about it? >> very worried, but they are very, very cautious because he is their new point of leverage really with hamas. he is the future, they thought, of trying to negotiate something and revive the israeli-palestinian talks. and now suddenly he seizes power. he was looking for this opportunity. he is threatened by the judiciary and the other mubarak forces who have, he believes, stopped the constitutional process and stymied that. but for him to do this now, at his point of greatest authority, puts the administration in a bind. and it's unclear how this is going to resolve. >> david brooks, there's a larger strategic question. there's egypt, gaza, syria, iran. there's a president's second term that's got to be dominated by this region. >> i think so. it's the middle east, so there's good news and bad news. the good news is that the obama administration did an excellent job of supporting israel all through this. made israel feel moderate and the arabs feel realistic. the second piece of good
to take a steep step. he's sending in the secretary of state. >> she's on a plane headed to israel in an attempt to push the cease-fire talks along. we'll get a live report on all of it in just a moment. >>> also ahead, more on the severe weather front that is pummeling the pacific northwest. it turned deadly overnight. we're going to have more on that story as well. >> then she's been called a real-life sleeping beauty but this is no fairy tale. it's a serious condition. a 17-year-old girl who suffers from a rare disorder. it causes her to sleep, sometimes for months on end. we'll talk to her and her doctor about that. >> and we have a very excited crowd out on the plaza. kesha is here for a live performance, part of an unbelievable thanksgiving week of concerts outside. and we'll get to that in our 8:30 half hour. >>> but we begin on this tuesday morning with the violence in the middle east and the breaking news overnight that secretary of state hillary clinton is now headed to that region. we have two reports from richard engle le i engel in gaza and chuck todd traveling with t
-up in air assaults in gaza. 160 rockets were launched into israel. two aimed at tel aviv. in return, israel carried out 300 air strikes in the gaza strip. one hit the prime minister headquarters and another a police compound. 46 palestinians and three israelis have been killed since fighting began wednesday. >>> here at home, pressure on to avoid the fiscal cliff. which would raise taxes on the majority of americans and cut spending across the board starting january 1. republicans who hatch been against tax hikes say they're now willing to talk about increasing revenue, democrats, oppose cuts to programs such as social security, are recognizing they'll have to give a lit tool probably. president obama and congressional leaders say they're working on a compromise. both side will meet again after thanksgiving. that's the plan. they hope to come up with a solution well before the end of the year. twinkies and hoho lovers are turning to the internet to find the cakes after hostess is shutting down. stores are wiped out of the cream filled sponge cakes. many junk food lovers are turning to craig
escalate in the middle east, many u.s. leaders are voicing their support for israel. the possibility appears to be growing and president obama defended israel's right to defend itself. nbc's brian moore has the latest.
to save the life of his wife. >>> on the brink, escalating violence between israel and palestinians in gaza this morning. the israelis on the border on alert for possible invasion. we're live in gaza. >>> coming to america, the u.s. a beacon of freedom and hope for people all around the world. the green citizenship about to be fulfilled for these 30 people, they come from different lands, have different stories to tell, but they'll all become americans live today, friday, november 16th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, welcome to "today" on a friday morning, i am matt lauer. >> good morning, i am savannah guthrie. we look at the statue of liberty live. we're going to witness something incredible on the plaza. if there's a dry eye left when the ceremony is over, i'll be amazed. 30 people that worked so hard to become u.s. citizens, a wait sometimes measured in decades will become u.s. citizens on the plaza this morning. >> so many of us take this for granted. those people on the
to negotiate a truce. but they want certain things. palestinian militants want israel to lift its 2006 blockade of gaza. israel wants the rocket attacks to stop. certainly not happening yet. both sides continue to fight. israel has hit over 1,000 targets in the gaza strip since the attacks began last wednesday. 100 palestinians killed, half of them civilians. the israeli military says it's not targeting civilians but they appear to be collateral damage. an air strike at a media center today killed a hamas leader but also injured a handful of journalists. and another air strike at a home killed a hamas leader but also most of his family and neighbors. palestinians continue to fire rockets, including one that hit a school in southern israel. fortunately no one was hurt there. >> i very much hope that over the coming days, we can achieve cessation on a basis that is sustainable. >> former british prime minister tony blair met with both palestinian and israeli officials today and u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon is in the region to help negotiate a truce. >>> in afghanistan, president hamid karza
truce in the middle east as both sides seem ready to negotiate. but certainly not happening yet. israel has hit over a thousand targets in the gaza strip since the attacks began last wednesday. all targeting hamas leaders. but civilians also hurt and killed in the explosions. meanwhile, palestinians continue to fire rockets from gaza. officials say both sides are willing to make a deal to end the violence on certain conditions. israel wants the rocket attacks to stop. palestinian militants want israel to lift its 2006 blockade of gaza. [ closing bell ] >>> hopes of a deal on the federal budget drove the stock market to its biggest gain in two months. the dow closed up 207 points today, just shy of the 12,800 mark. now over the weekend, lawmakers suggested signs of progress regarding the impending fiscal cliff. >>> well, if you're flying out of oakland airport for the holidays, you might see some picketers. port workers are going on strike. more than 200 airport and port workers offers oakland are getting ready to walk the picket line. a one-day strike begins tonight at 9:00. members of
are waking up to a peaceful morning. a cease-fire was announced today between hamas and israel. live pictures of gaza city. it's a little after 9:00 a.m. they're recovering from 1,500 israeli air strikes while hamas fired over 1,000 rockets towards israel. 100 palestinians and 5 israelis were reportedly killed. >>> and this was the scene earlier today. thousands of people in gaza took to the streets to celebrate the cease-fire. they see it as a political victory. secretary of state hillary clinton helped broker this agreement. experts point out this is a cease-fire and not a peace deal. >> it's a creative way to at least, you know, stop the firing. but it doesn't necessarily solve the larger issue. >> people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence. and today's agreement is a step in the right direction. that we should build on. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu says if the truce does not hold, israel would consider more severe military action against the palestinian territory. >>> here at home, the lawyer of the man charged in a deadly crime spree says his cli
deadly violence in the middle east overnight between israel and hamas. nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in gaza this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt, it is not a good time to be a hamas military leader on the strip. they are being systematically picked off, killed in their homes, in cars, on motorcycles, many have gone into hiding, turning off cell phones, avoiding all usual locations. israel's war to stop hamas' rockets continued. with 100 strikes in the air and from the sea. hamas is still able to launch homemade, iranian made rockets towards southern israel and tel aviv. there were around 40 new launches today. not all are hitting their mark because in israel there's a new national hero, the mobile iron dome defense system, proving to be the most effective of its kind in the world. of the thousand rockets israel says hamas fired in the last six days, about a third have been intercepted by the iron dome. in gaza, there are no air defenses at all, and israel appears to have superb intelligence, locating and destroying individual hamas home
the timing when we come back. >>> a massive blast as israel continued to bomb them for the sixth day. 70 people have been killed in gaza, including 11 people in one strike. three israelis have been killed, as well. meantime, representatives from both sides met separately with egyptian officials today about a truce. so far no announcement. >>> as the violence in the middle east grows, so do tensions in california. demonstrators on both sides of the conflict held rallies in front of the federal building in los angeles and reporter ted shin has this report. >> reporter: at one point it got ugly spilling on to will shire boulevard a centuries old firestorm ignited in the middle east. as israel continued to attack gaza in response to rocket attacks on israeli cities were which a response to the assassination of a top military leader a cycle of accusation and recrimination was playing out in front of the federal building in westwood. >> my family is there and in shelters and stressed out. the world doesn't realize this is a day-to-day reality. >> israeli and american flags stood on one side an
. palestinians took their victory celebration into the streets. israel still controlled the west bank. east jerusalem and access to gaza, and voted against recognizing a palestinian state. so did the u.s. the vote count was an overwhelming 138 to 9. 41 nations abstained. secretary of state hillary clinton says the vote places further obstacles in the path to peace. real independence from palestinians remaining elusive according to the secretary of state, until a peace deal is negotiated with israel. >>> president obama and mitt romney had a private lunch at the white house today. we know what they ate but no specifics about their conversation. the get together marked their first meeting since facing off in the third presidential debate. the menu included turkey chilly and southwestern grilled chicken saeid. the former rivals posed for an official autograph in the oval office. much of the hour long conversation focused on america's leadership in the world. >>> meanwhile, president obama sent vice president biden to do some christmas shopping, sort of. he went to a suburban costco to talk abo
. >> looking forward to what he has to say. >>> also a developing story in israel overnight. three people killed in a rocket attack after the israelis took out the top military commander of hamas in this strike on wednesday. we'll have a live report from tel aviv coming up straight ahead. >>> and one of the most popular energy drinks on the market. these five-hour energy capsules have been cited as a possible factor in 13 deaths. weeks after similar reports tied to monster drinks. we'll have more on that story. and then we'll take a turn, and i know, matt, it's only rock 'n' roll, but you like it. >>> i'm an unabashed lover of the rolling stones and they're celebrating their 50th anniversary. what do they remember as their early days as rock's original bad boys. what would they change if they could do it all again? we'll have an interview coming up. >> you're excited, you're even tweeting about it. >>> we begin with the ever widening scandal that led to the resignation of david petraeus. andrea mitchell is here with the latest. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. in his first
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